Long time PF readers (you poor souls ... thank you!) know this turtle. It's been a while but we PF regulars have followed this turtle and it's siblings from when they were eggs in the sand back in 2006.
Curious newbies may want to search this blog under "baby turtles" to see how things have unfolded.
The two turtles I retained are doing fine in a livestock tank pond out in the garden. I have lost track of the others as they are free, although I did have two pass on to turtle heaven through two different events.
I do still get occasional updates on one of the turtles that went to live with a (then) very little boy who's Aunt works with me.
From time to time I get long updates on the turtle who lives in their kitchen and has apparently stolen everyone's heart.
They talk of him in the same affectionate way other people discuss their dogs and cats.
They are a reminder for me to take a chance once in a while and ignore your gut feelings. The fact is that four years ago, when that little boy's Grandma (she works here too) asked me for one of my turtle babies, I really was afraid I was sending it to an early demise.
The truth is exactly the opposite, their turtle is thriving and keeps outgrowing aquariums while he continues to charm his owners.
This caterpillar was found by my students on an outside class expedition a few weeks ago. We talked of raising it, and then decided to release it.
Pretty neat markings.
I have not bothered to look it up, because:
a) It's not a fish.
b) I am only mildly interested in the answer.
c) I have you.
I have not forgotten about the Bear video I hinted at previously.
It is coming.